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Soliciting Sponsors

Photos Courtesy iof the City of College Station

What is your reaction when someone asks for money? It probably depends on the situation. If a local charitable organization is raising funds to help a family in need, you might be more likely to give. If a person is begging on the street, you might have the same reaction, or maybe you walk away as quickly as possible because you don’t trust that your donation will be used appropriately.  What if a charitable organization asks for a donation from … Continue reading

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Cleaning Restrooms

Photos Courtesy of: Kaivac

For most property managers, the number-one complaint from building users is the condition of restrooms. In a park and recreation center, the bathrooms also become the one area that takes the most time to clean and maintain.  The professional cleaning industry is well aware of this conundrum, and over the years various products, systems, and cleaning methods have been introduced to address the problem. While some of these products and methods have proven more effective than others, it has become … Continue reading

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Collecting Water For Conservation

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A rain-barrel program won’t provide a revenue stream or make a park and recreation department rich, but it will educate the public on the importance of water conservation.  Working in partnership with the Conservation Foundation, a Naperville, Ill.,-based, not-for-profit land and watershed protection organization, the St. Charles Park District’s rain-barrel program has distributed nearly 100 barrels since its inception 2 years ago. “While our program is in its infancy, we have made great strides in creating public awareness concerning the … Continue reading

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Cold-Blooded Killers

Photos Courtesy of Jonathan Schechter

  Without a hook, it is tough to catch fish. And without words and art blended into a creative, eye-catching package, interpretive signs often go unread and the opportunity to ”hook” a visitor’s attention is lost.  Powerful words—“Cold-Blooded Killers”—were the sharp hook for a new sign at the edge of a marsh boardwalk at Rose Oaks County Park, a 640-acre Oakland County Park 45 miles north of Detroit, Mich. Rose Oaks boasts 5 miles of hiking and equestrian trails, glacially … Continue reading

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Nothing But Netball

Photos Courtesy Of Sonya Ottaway

Have you ever heard of netball? Although this sport is not perhaps familiar to those on this side of the pond, it is a fast-growing staple elsewhere. According to Business Review Australia, the national netball women’s team—the Diamonds—is ranked higher than the national union rugby team and the national cricket team in terms of success. In contrast, netball barely makes a blip on the screen in the United States. This will soon be changed if grassroots netball teams and organizations … Continue reading

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